Many congratulations to the members with books out this month. Thank you to Sheila Riley for compiling the words and book cover images.
Surrender to the Marquess
Paperback & ebook
Harlequin Mills & Boon
Sara lost her husband in a duel. Now gentlemen’s codes of honour and their instinct to shelter their womenfolk leave her cold: she is determined to be independent at all costs. To fall in love is a shock – can she trust a marquess when he tells her he accepts that she is her own woman? And can he live up to his promises? (This novel can stand alone, but is Part 3 of The Herriard Family trilogy)
The Returning Tide
Traditional - Trade paperback and ebook
23rd March 2017
In wartime Cornwall, 1943, a story between two sisters begins - the story of Adele and Amelia, and the heart-breaking betrayal that will divide them forever. Decades later, the effects of one reckless act still echo - but how long will it be until their past returns
Her Hot Highland Doc
Harlequin/Mills & Boon
March 1st 2017
A match made in Scotland. He might have the good looks of a modern-day Viking, but Dr. Brodie McClellan has brooding down to an art. He's only recently returned to the Isle of Dunregan and already the demons of his past are pushing him to the edge.
Running from her own troubled past, this remote posting is heaven-sent for locum Dr. Kali O'Shea. And Brodie makes her long to find her true home in Scotland in her new boss's arms!
Kind Hearts & Coriander (a New Forest romantic comedy).
On her mother's death, sous chef Polly learns she may be New Forest hotelier Charles Hetherin's illegitimate daughter. Having grown up watching her mother struggle and do without, she's furious. The Hetherins have it all - including fabulous Hetherin Hall country house hotel. Determined to discover the truth, Polly arrives at The Hall where she's mistaken for a job applicant, but takes the waitressing position to get to know the family who may be hers. Romance is the last thing on her mind, but she can't deny the sparks flying between her and Oliver, the grumpy but gorgeous restaurant manager. However, it seems nobody is quite who Polly thinks they are ...
The Rake And His Honour
Paperback + ebook
How can one young woman and a charming but irresponsible rake succeed against two of Napoleon's most ruthless agents? A fast paced quest ranging between England and France in an attempt to change the course of history. As Louise embarks on her mission, she starts to question whether she will ever get what her heart truly desires.
Besides, what is love between two people when so much is at stake…? Set during a time of intrigue and uncertainty, The Rake and His Honour is a must for fans of French history.
A Summer of Surprises and An Unexpected Affair (The Bookshop by The Sea series, book 1)
23 March 2017
After her divorce, Eleanor Mace decides to begin a new life running a quirky bookshop in a quiet corner of Devon. She adores her seaside home in Combemouth and her bookshop is a hit and yet . . . Eleanor is still unsettled. So when she rediscovers an old flame online, she sets off for the South of France with her fun-loving sister in search of a man she last saw in her twenties. But will she find happiness on the Continent or does it lie in rural England? In A Summer of Surprises – the engaging sequel to An Unexpected Affair – Eleanor is finding life sweet and rosy in her Devon bookshop, but there are clouds on the horizon in the form of an ageing rock star with plans to bring some Californian glitz to the traditional seaside resort. Eleanor decides to take a stand and rallies the whole town to protest against the planning monstrosity with entertaining consequences. The story comes to a happy conclusion, but not before a trip to Spain and a surprising discovery that launches Eleanor into the spotlight.
The Bookshop Detective (The Bookshop by The Sea series, book 2)
23 March 2017
When a ghost ship is spotted on the horizon one spring evening, bookseller Eleanor Mace decides to investigate the myths and legends of Combemouth, the seaside town where she runs The Reading Room. As Eleanor digs deeper into the town’s history,
she becomes intrigued by a Victorian crime report and is determined to find out what happened to a boy at the centre of the case – one with intriguing links to the present.
As Eleanor begins to uncover the truth – aided by the vicar but somewhat stalled by the local librarian – she has an unexpected challenge on her own horizon that leads to things turning a little frosty as the summer begins. A celebrity book launch, an exploding dress and some salsa-dancing pensioners make this a mystery with a difference.
Hungry For Love
16 March 2017
Louise Drew replaced celebrity chef Charlie Irons when he was let go from his daytime cookery slot. Charlie's fans deserted the programme in droves and the show folded. When Louise applies for a new job as personal assistant with catering experience she realises to her horror that it would mean working for Charlie Irons, but what choice does she have? She is about to be evicted from her flat. If she doesn't accept the job she will be homeless.
Shadows at Bowerly Hall
Linford Romance Series
20th March 2017
Forced to work as a governess after the death of her father, Amelia Thorne travels north to Yorkshire and the isolated Bowerly Hall. Charles, Viscount Bowerly, is a darkly brooding employer and Amelia is soon convinced that Bowerly holds secrets and danger in its shadows. A spate of burglaries in the county raises tensions amongst the villagers and servants. Amelia finds herself on the hunt for the culprit. Is Charles to be trusted?
Love Thine Enemy
It is 1939 and the world is on the brink of war. Helen Latimer arrives in Paris hoping to study there. She soon learns that it won't be possible. Fate takes a hand and she meets Max, a handsome young German. They fall madly in love and despite their best intentions Helen becomes pregnant. They plan to leave for neutral Portugal but Max's
Nazi brother Hermann has him kidnapped and taken back to Germany. Reluctantly Helen returns to England with her brother. She and Max marry other people but they are destined to meet again in the chaos of war. What possible hope is there for their future?
Wild Lavender (part of the Emperors of London series.)
Ravishingly beautiful and accomplished, Helena has her pick of suitable bachelors — and because she is the daughter of a powerful duke, her mother is determined she makes a good marriage. But Helena won't marry any of them, because she is in love with the son of her family’s most dangerous enemy. Though she has now been rebuffed by her beloved, she is resolved to win him back—no matter the cost.Tom’s forbidden love for Helena has only intensified over the years of their separation. But the discovery of his true roots has changed everything. His secret spells danger for his family and everyone he loves. Devoted to Helena, he will sacrifice anything — even his one great love — to keep her safe. And soon, caught between warring factions and hounded by a deadly assassin, the couple will be swept back together in a fight for their lives, and their destiny…
Paperback and ebook
In 1867 Nicola Douglas attends a London lecture given by Miss Maria Rye, the founder of the Female Middle Class Emigration Society, which inspires her to change her life. With no family, but a good education, she boards a ship to Australia with high hopes of a fresh start in a new country as a governess. But Sydney is full of young women with similar hopes and equally poor prospects. When Nicola is at her lowest ebb, a benefactor appears, Mr Belfroy, whose past has made him sympathetic
to women struggling to survive. She also meets Frances West, an activist from a privileged background, and her attractive but distant brother, Nathaniel. However hard she tries to resist, Nicola's attraction to Nathaniel West grows. She is soon also introduced to a visiting American, Hilton Warner. In Warner, Nicola sees a true gentleman, and she basks in the American's interest, which only angers Nathaniel West. As both men shower her with attention, Nicola reaches a crisis. She came to Australia never expecting to be anything other than a governess. Yet, the prospect of finding love, and being married, shows how empty her life has been since her parents' death. Her achievements at the Governess Home are vital to her. Can she have both?
Paperback and ebook
As the Victorian Age draws to a close, lonely and brokenhearted, Grace Woodruff fights for her sisters' rights to happiness while sacrificing any chance for her own. The eldest of seven daughters, Grace is the core of strength around which the unhappy members of the Woodruff family revolve. As her disenchanted mother withdraws to her rooms, Grace must act as a buffer between her violent, ambitious father and the sisters who depend upon her. Rejected by her first love and facing a spinster's future, she struggles to hold the broken family together through her father's infidelity, one sister's alcoholism, and another's out-of-wedlock pregnancy by an unsuitable match.
Caring for an illegitimate half-brother affords Grace an escape, though short-lived. Forced home by illness and burdened with dwindling finances, Grace faces fresh anguish --and murder-- when her first love returns to wreck havoc in her life. All is not lost, however. In the midst of tragedy, the fires of her heart are rekindled by another. Will the possibility of true love lead Grace to relinquish her responsibilities in the house of women and embrace her own right to happiness?
Traditionally published e-book and paperback
11th March e-book End of March for paperback
Sam Holloway is a desperate man. Trapped in Dante’s, the high-class London brothel catering to men who love men, his only hope is to find a rich protector. Then he meets the young aristocrat with sad eyes.Tristan Barrington, sixth earl of Chiltern, waited until the death of his father before acting on his unnatural desires. Dante’s has a reputation for quality and absolute discretion. He never expected to find in its sordid depths a glorious man who could master not only his body but his heart, as well.In Tristan, Sam sees an opportunity to flee a life he hates, and he sets his sights on seducing the earl. Tristan vows to help him escape, but in the process not only uncovers the vile corruption at the heart of Dante’s but also suspects that Sam’s declaration of love was nothing but a lie. Then Sam is gravely injured, and Tristan faces a tough decision -- leave Sam to his fate, or help him once again?
The Vineyard in Alsace
Ebook and Paperback
Clued Up Publishing (Independently Published)
6th March, 2017
Is there really such a thing as a second chance at love? Fran Schell has only just become engaged when she finds her fiancé in bed with another woman. She knows this is the push she needs to break free of him and to leave London. She applies for her dream job on a vineyard in Alsace, in France, not far from her family home, determined to concentrate on her work.Didier Le Roy can hardly believe it when he sees that the only person to apply for the job on his vineyard is the same woman he once loved but let go because of his stupid pride. Now estranged from his wife, he longs for a second chance with Fran if only she will forgive him for not following her to London. Working so closely together, Fran soon starts to fall in love with Didier all over again. Didier knows that it is now time for him to move on with his divorce if he and Fran are ever to have a future together.
Floria (Book 1: The Levante Sisters Series)
After being dumped by her politician boyfriend for causing a scandal, as well as reeling from the death of her famous opera-singer mother, party-girl Floria doesn’t think life can get any worse. Then she discovers she’s got three half-sisters, all of whom are coming to the funeral. It’s one of her sisters who convinces her to use her reputation to her advantage, and start her own party-planning company – and so Prima Donna Productions is born! Floria is determined to prove to herself and her stuffy ex, that she’s more than just an empty-headed socialite. Through one of her newfound sisters she meets the charming, rescuer of damsels-in-distress, Josh Graham. The strong, capable finance whiz agrees to help her set up her new company, but their instant chemistry has Floria wanting much more. Except business and pleasure should never mix, and Josh already has a girlfriend. Not just any girlfriend - a skinny super-model girlfriend. How can Floria, with her voluptuous figure and her less than stellar reputation possibly compete?
In The Spotlight (two stories)
The Right Chair Press
All That Jazz
Francis Yardley may be the high kicking star of an all-male version of Chicago, but bitter, and on the booze after the breakdown of a relationship, he thinks that the chance for true love has passed him by. A handsome, shy rugby player called Tommy seems to be the answer to his problems, but Tommy doesn't like the lipstick and lace.
Can they find a way forward and is there still a chance for happiness "nowadays"?
If Music Be Rick Cowley finds himself taking up am-dram once more, thinking it’ll help him get over the death of his partner. He’d never anticipated it would mean an encounter with an old flame and the sort of emotional complications the Bard would have revelled in. Still, old Will had the right word for every situation, didn’t he?